The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will look into an inmate’s complaint that he was beaten and kicked by Rhea County Sheriff’s deputies after having been arrested.
TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm said Hamilton County District Attorney Bill Cox requested the investigation because Walter Gann was taken into custody in his jurisdiction.
Gann’s complaint came after he was arrested on May 30 when escaped a Dade County Jail worksite and fled to Rhea County.
Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...